Manchester United Thrash Chelsea, Corruption in Eastern Europe, SL’s WAG of the Month, and more

In four months’ time, are we going to look back on today and look it as a day that really defined the outcome of the Premier League title race? It’s too early to tell, but given Manchester United’s performance in their 3-0 dismantling of Chelsea, Rafa Benitez might be the one who’s scared, not Sir Alex Ferguson.

Liverpool may still be top of the table, but Manchester United have put themselves in position to go top of the table if they win both of their matches in hand. As you could imagine, United fans are just a little giddy about the victory.

Hopefully you followed the action through our live match blog, but if you didn’t, you can relive it all here. You can see all three goals here, by the way.

As rousing of a victory as it was for United, Chelsea’s performance likely left match spectator Jose Mourinho unimpressed, to say the least.

The headline-grabber on Sunday was the United-Chelsea clash, as it should’ve been, along with the latest round in the Benitez-Ferguson slapfest, but it was an active day in transfer news and rumors. Not a surprise to see Manchester City potentially hijacking Arsenal’s move for Andrei Arshavin, is it? As you know, if you want to check out the latest confirmed transfers, you can do so with the updated transfer lists. Amazing that we’re already getting close to the halfway point of the window. Time flies when you’re splashing cash, right?

Jermain Defoe finally made his re-debut for Tottenham today in their 1-0 defeat at Wigan, and while there have been many perspectives on Defoe’s return to White Hart Lane, the take that Russell Brand has on Defoe and on West Ham’s current plight is worth a read, whether you love him or hate him.

With as much controversy surrounding World Cup 2010 as there has been already, what’s going to be in store when the tournament actually kicks off next year? When it does, FIFA could have a new technology partner, what with the issues that their current one are having. While FIFA may be busy monitoring that fraud situation, it might not be a bad idea to look into some rather strange (and violent) goings-on in Eastern Europe. Is it too much to ask for everyone to play by the rules.

I know that today’s roundup may have been sobering for many of you (and it might have needed to be, depending on what you did this weekend), but that’s why I save the best for last.

Football and technology: a marriage made in Hell or the inevitable truth?
Transfer Rumors (11 Jan 09): Manchester City to pip Arsenal for Arshavin?, Arsenal interested in midfield trio, West Ham's Bellamy wants Tottenham move, and more